Pigmentation, uneven

Pigmentation, uneven

What is skin pigmentation?

Pigmentation refers to skin colouring. There are several different types of skin pigmentation conditions that affect the colour and evenness of skin.

Certain cells in the skin make melanin – and this is usually distributed ‘evenly’ over your skin to provide it with its overall colour. When the cells making this melanin are damaged or unhealthy, it throws out this cyclical production and starts to throw out extra bits of melanin (darker spots) or not enough melanin (lighter patches).

Examples of pigmentation include freckles and age spots (there are many more, but for the purposes of this article, we will limit it to these).

What causes /triggers skin pigmentation?

  • Sun exposure
  • Heredity (such as if you come from a family prone to freckling) and ethnicity/skin colour plays a part – as some ethnicities are prone to certain skin conditions/disorders
  • Ageing
  • Certain diseases/conditions
  • Pregnancy

Tips to help manage skin pigmentation:

  • Number one rule: minimise direct exposure to the sun
  • Avoid the sun in the middle of the day
  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year (yes that’s right – even in winter – when the UVA rays are still strong!)
  • Slip, slop, slap at the beach – cover your skin, wear a hat and sunglasses and re-apply your sunscreen
  • Seek our regular peels via a skin therapist to help breakdown the excess melanin. Ensure you avoid sun exposure and wear a sunscreen post treatment.

Recommended 3 step skincare routine for skin pigmentation:

Note: pigmentation takes a long time to break down. You may need to consult your dermatologist/dermal skin therapist for a treatment plan including instrumental assistance – eg, lasers that target excess melanin within the skin.

  1. Cleanse
    Your cleanser will depend on your skin type: Normal to dry skin – Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser Use this gel cleanser with a slight foaming action to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. It is pH balanced and won’t strip your skin of its essential oils, it contains naturally antibacterial Lemon Scented Tea Tree to fight against pimples and blemishes.
  1. Treat
    Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum (day)Provides your skin the antioxidant protection it needs to defend itself against daily environmental stressors such as pollution. Containing Acai, Blackberry and Cranberry Seed oils that are naturally high in Vitamins A, C, E & F for skin protection and deep nourishment.Olive Skin Serum (night)It is essential this is added into your routine – because it contains skin-quenching plant active Olive Squalene which is a natural part of your skin’s nourishing lipids. As your skin starts to deplete its natural Squalene levels after the age of 25, it is integral you replenish your Squalene levels daily! It intensely nourishes the skin and reinforces the skin’s protective barrier. Use both day and night on damp skin. Exfoliate (two to three times a week)The Botani Exfoliating 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask contains AHA-like acids that gently exfoliate the skin’s epidermis.
  1. Hydrate
    Your moisturiser will depend on your skin type: For dry skin – use Olive Repair Day and Night Cream Use both day and night over the top of the Olive Skin Serum. An intensely nourishing yet gentle moisturiser, this anti-irritant formula enriched with Olive Squalane, Crambe Abyssinica and Betaine to soothe dry, irritated skin. For normal to combination or oily skin – use Boost Balancing MoisturiserA lightweight lotion that can be used both day and night, Boost contains a clever blend of soothing (Chamomile, Calendula, Echinacea), hydrating (Betaine – Natural Sugar Beet) and antibacterial (Lemon Scented Tea Tree) botanicals to keep your skin hydrated with a matte look and feel.

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